When you’re at home with your kids all day every day, just completing your regular routine can seem like a massive chore. Homeschooling was the best choice for your family. You know it was, and you have a list of reasons that you trot out every time someone asks you about it—but sometimes, you feel like you’re losing your mind!
A mommy who is half-crazed isn’t nearly as effective as either a teacher or a disciplinarian, so you have to keep your sanity intact. A few simple ways to do it….
· Take advantage of the small moments. It’s awfully tempting to use that time when all of your children are working on something to catch up on the chores, but sometimes, you need a moment of peace more. Take a few minutes to drink your coffee, or tea (or hot chocolate, if you’re feeling the need for sugar). Read a chapter in your book or devotional. Even if all you can accomplish is taking a few good, deep breaths, it’s worth it.
· Get out of the house. Being cooped up inside all day can drive even the sweetest-mannered moms (and kids) nuts—not to mention making you all sick of each other. Check out local homeschooling groups, or just take a field trip: there are plenty of educational opportunities out there! Even if it’s just an hour or so at the library, it can give you and your kids the chance to recharge your batteries.
· Go outside. If it’s raining, dance in the rain. If it’s snowing, throw snowballs at one another (or fill spray bottles with water and food coloring and paint the snow!). If it’s sunny and beautiful…well, there are too many different options to list.
· Let someone else watch the kids for a few hours on a regular basis. Let your husband take over for a little while so that you can go shopping. Let your mother babysit so you can go out on a date. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week of togetherness would make you sick of anyone!
· Every once in a while, throw your entire plan for the day out the window, sit down in the middle of the floor, and play board games, or watch a movie, or even play a video game together. Have fun with your kids, and remember why you love them enough to keep doing this!
· Have a hobby. Something that is just yours. No, doing laundry doesn’t count, no matter how perfectly you can fold that t-shirt.
· If all else fails, and you feel like you’re on the verge of losing your mind, lock yourself in the bathroom for a few minutes. Some places, even the bravest children won’t tread—especially if you remind them frequently that they’re not supposed to!